Copenhagen is the most favourable habitat I could with for, big enough to be a major city, small enough that there is no market price on human beings. – Søren Kierkegaard
Moving abroad is a big challenge. There are a lot of things to consider, and those things are often made differently from country to country.
Here I introduce you to my brief guide on how to move to Copenhagen, Denmark, a whole piece inspired by my experience.
Burocracy (When staying in Denmark for more than 3 months)
Compared to Italy, burocracy in Denmark is quite easy; you only need to know what you need.
- If you come from a non-EU country, you will have to get a residence permit. (You can find more information here)
You won’t need any residence permit if you come from one of the Nordics (Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland)
If, instead, you come from any other EU country, you need the EU Residence Document.To get this piece of paper, you need to have this form: OD1
Depending on what is the reason why you are moving to Denmark, you all need to follow these instructions:
Employee | Self-employed | Student | Sufficient Funds for self-supporting | Family Member
Together with these, you’ll need a copy of your signed rental contract, a copy of your national ID/passport and a passport-size picture.Here you can find the closest Statsforvaltningen office, to deliver these papers.Remember that this document will arrive to you by post. You’ll need to have your name on the postbox, otherwise the office won’t deliver it to you.
- Once you’ll have your EU Residence Document, you can apply for you CPR number, your personal number here in Denmark. It will consist of 10 digits, the first 6 as your birthdate, and the other 4 as a unique number assigned by state.
With your CPR, you will be able to do a wide range of things in Denmark, such as open a bank account, buy a phone, borrow books from the library, etc.To apply for your CPR in Copenhagen, you’ll need to bring to the International House:
- EU Residence Document/Residence Permit/Nordic CPR (if from SE, NO, FI or IS)
- this Entry Form
- a copy of your national ID/passport
- a copy of your signed rental contract
- a copy of your marriage certificate (if married)
- a copy of your children’s birth certificate (if with children)
- The third and most important document is your Skat Kort (Tax Card). In Copenhagen, you can apply for it at the International House, or you can fill the form online at skat.dk.
Finding a room in Copenhagen is sore subject. With hundreds of people moving to the Danish capital every month, there’s a lack of accommodation that doesn’t help at all.Rules to find an accommodation in Copenhagen: do not have too high standards and do not expect long-term.
The average price for a room in a shared apartment varies from 4000-8000kr/month (540-1.075€) depending on a lot of factors (area, bills included, size of the room, etc.) Also remember that you will often have to pay a huge deposit before moving in.You might be lucky and find something long-term right away, but do not expect that to be easy. I moved here on the 7th of July, and on the 01st of March I will have to move for the 3rd time (Lucky enough, in a long-term studio apartment!)
Where to find an accommodation:
- You can search for accommodation on websites like boligportal, dba.dk and findroommate.dk.
Unfortunately, these websites always require the payment of an initial fee that will let you contact landlords for a few days, and than withdraw a monthly fee from your creditcard each month. They are quite expensive and, as my experience taught me, not really reliable.
- Facebook is your crack of gold at the rainbow’s end (And where I found 2 of my 3 different rooms here in Copenhagen)
Here’s the list of all the Facebook groups that I used:
[Work in progress. New updates coming soon]